Accattone (1961)

 |  Drama  |  4 April 1968 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 4,688 users  
Reviews: 20 user | 26 critic

A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiraling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison.


(story), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video


Top 25 Trivia Items From the Last 25 Years

Here are some amazing facts and figures to deepen your appreciation of the movies you love.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 22 titles
created 11 Dec 2011
a list of 28 titles
created 19 Jul 2012
a list of 26 titles
created 8 months ago
a list of 25 titles
created 5 months ago
a list of 24 titles
created 3 weeks ago

Related Items

Search for "Accattone" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Accattone (1961)

Accattone (1961) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Accattone.
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An old man and his son are walking along the road when they suddenly meet a speaking crow, which represents Marxist beliefs. They are soon moved back 750 years in time, changed into monks ... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Totò, Ninetto Davoli, Femi Benussi
Mamma Roma (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

After many years working in the streets of Roma, the middle-age whore Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani) saves money to buy an upper class apartment, a fruit stand and retires from the prostitution.... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Anna Magnani, Ettore Garofolo, Franco Citti
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The life of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of Matthew. Pasolini shows Christ as a marxist avant-la-lettre and therefore uses half of the text of Matthew.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, Susanna Pasolini
Teorema (1968)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A strange visitor in a wealthy family. He seduces the maid, the son, the mother, the daughter and finally the father before leaving a few days after. After he's gone, none of them can ... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Silvana Mangano, Terence Stamp, Massimo Girotti
Oedipus Rex (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In pre-war Italy, a young couple have a baby boy. The father, however, is jealous of his son - and the scene moves to antiquity, where the baby is taken into the desert to be killed. He is ... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Silvana Mangano, Franco Citti, Alida Valli
Porcile (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two dramatic stories. In an undetermined past, a young cannibal (who killed his own father) is condemned to be torn to pieces by some wild beasts. In the second story, Julian, the young son... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Pierre Clémenti, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Alberto Lionello
The Decameron (1971)
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An adaptation of nine stories from Boccaccio's "Decameron".

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Jovan Jovanovic
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Pasolini's artistic, sometimes violent, always vividly cinematic retelling of some of Chaucer's most erotic tales.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Hugh Griffith, Laura Betti, Ninetto Davoli
Medea (1969)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

To win the kingdom his uncle took from his father, Jason must steal the golden fleece from the land of barbarians, where Medea is royalty and a powerful sorceress, where human sacrifice ... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Maria Callas, Massimo Girotti, Laurent Terzieff
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In this film inspired by the ancient erotic and mysterious tales of Mid-West Asia, the main story concerns an innocent young man who comes to fall in love with a slave who selected him as ... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Ninetto Davoli, Franco Citti, Franco Merli
Love Meetings (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Microphone in hand, Pier Paolo Pasolini asks Italians to talk about sex: he asks children where babies come from, young and old women if they are men's equals, men and women if a woman's ... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Lello Bersani, Io Apolloni
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to a hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle


Cast overview, first billed only:
Vittorio "Accattone" Cataldi
Franca Pasut ...
Silvana Corsini ...
Paola Guidi ...
Luciano Conti ...
Il Moicano
Luciano Gonini ...
Piede D'Oro
Renato Capogna ...
Alfredo Leggi ...
Papo Hirmedo
Galeazzo Riccardi ...
Leonardo Muraglia ...
Giuseppe Ristagno ...
Roberto Giovannoni ...
The German
Mario Cipriani ...
Roberto Scaringella ...


In a seedy section of Rome, Vittorio Cataldi - "Accattone" ("beggar" in Italian) to those that know him - lives off the avails of prostitution, Maddalena being his one and only girl. He is married to Ascenza with who he has one young son named Iaio, but he does not live with them - they who live with her father and brother - provide for them, or play any important part of their lives. He generally hangs out with his similarly slack life friends playing cards and drinking. His source of income is threatened when Maddalena is injured being hit by a motorcyclist, then beaten by rivals of his, which leads to her being arrested and jailed for a year. Largely because of Iaio, Accattone contemplates going straight and getting a real job. Then he meets Stella, a young innocent woman who has had a hard life, but who is not as naive to the ways of the world as she first appears. Accattone falls in love with her, but as the thought of working a steady job now becomes abhorrent, contemplates ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




See all certifications »




Release Date:

4 April 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Accattone  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


ITL 50 (estimated)

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


"Accattone" is Roman dialect and derives from "accattare" (to take, gain or acquire, often by illegal or otherwise unorthodox means). It indicates a beggar, and was mainly used in a non-literal sense, that is, it does not indicate a professional beggar but someone who lives of expedients: small thefts, begging, small-time frauds. It is a heavily derogatory term, and the leading character's having it as a nickname means he was held in low esteem even by other criminals (as this was usually the case for pimps, as they exploited prostitutes and gained money but did not personally risk their lives and health, unlike thieves, robbers and other members of the underworld). This word has become almost obsolete in Roman dialect nowadays. See more »


Vittorio "Accattone" Cataldi: I've got plenty of people left to make cry.
See more »


St Matthew Passion
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A representative outset for a spectacular and controversial career
3 July 2006 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Pasolini's first film "Accatone" is exactly as one would expect a typical Pasolini film to be: wreathed in raw violence, and shot with a brilliant sense of poetic slash brutal realism, reminiscent of the neo-realism era, and perhaps, if not for sure, a semi-autobiographical portrait of life in the streets of Rome's peripheries. "Accatone" is, at its best, a chunk of life, which Pasolini managed to extract not as it initially was, but dramatically filtered through his own personal lyrical gaze. Gangs, prostitutes, lies and deceit lie in this film's core. A sense of irresponsible opportunism is seen in this film, almost no regrets for the past and no fears for the future. In fact, the movie's tragic hero, Vittorio Accatone, is a dark alter-ego of yet another favored Italian movie character, embodied only a year before by Marcello Mastroianni in "La Dolce Vita". Perhaps, in this case, Accatone was not a party animal journalist who sought ephemeral pleasure in social middle-class gatherings and women, but the spirit is, by itself, maintained astonishingly faithfully: Accatone is no longer a protagonist in Pasolini's movie, doomed to descend lower and lower in social class, losing both his dignity, his social acceptability and his profound "style", but a symbol, a metaphor for Pasolini's own political beliefs. Under this figure of a brute, behind the otherwise repelling image of a short dirty man with a sly smile and a peculiar walk, lies the failure of post war Italian government, a government which, according to this movie's subtext, strove so hopelessly to attain social and economical success for Rome's population, and somehow neglected or marginalized Rome's peripheries, causing people like Accatone and his girlfriends to result in prostitution and theft. A kind of pretension and make-belief well being which was also visible, at the time, in America. Yes, Accatone is the result of this American Dream's pastische.

8 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Accatone is INCREDIBLE Ninfica
subtitles jars_ki
Accattone's end resembles Michel Poiccard's from À bout de souffle natsnock
Woman with whom Maddelena lived ccherry-1
116 min. version ??? fluffhead34
Discuss Accattone (1961) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: